Within the RAIN project, ESSL researchers Tomáš Púčik and Pieter Groenemeijer have produced projections of severe weather changes according to the EuroCordex regional climate model ensemble.
The ESSL researchers found that the consensus of the model projections suggested a 10 – 30% increase of severe convective weather events across much of Europe and 30 – 60 % in south-central Europe in the business-as-usual rcp8.5 scenario by the end of the century. These increases would be about half as large in the rcp4.5 scenario that assumes moderate climate change mitigation efforts.
RAIN project partners of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Freie Universität Berlin and the Technical University Delft have investigated other hazards, such as wind storms, floods, forest fire and winter weather.
For more information on the RAIN project, projections of other hazards, and a link to the full report:
ESSL has lauched a free app called EWOB (European Weather OBserver) with which one can report and monitor the weather situation around oneself by viewing the reports of others. With the app, you can send a picture along with your report and to share it on Facebook or Twitter. By developing EWOB involves the public in collecting important “big data” regarding severe weather that will help weather forecasters, researchers and risk modellers to improve preparedness against severe weather.
To get the app, search for EWOB on Google Play or in the App Store!
The latest reports you can also see on our web map here.
The scientific programme committee of the ECSS was very active during April and May checking all the submitted abstracts. The letters of acceptance were sent out on 28 May to those who submitted abstracts for the conference. The letters of schedule (including the type of presentation – oral or poster) were sent out on 7 June 2015.
The conference will take place in Wiener Neustadt, located just south of Vienna between the Alps and Lake Neusiedl, and easy to reach from Vienna airport. We expect an exciting week that will feature all aspects of severe storms, ranging from their forecasting to climatological aspects and from storm detection by radar and satellite to their impacts.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Greg Carbin (Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK) and George Bryan (UCAR, Boulder, CO).
On Wednesday, a panel discussion will address the challenges of storm forecasting in Europe.
In addition, there is an extensive programme of social side events. The Local Organizing Committee and the Scientific Programme Committee are looking forward to welcome you in September in Wiener Neustadt.
Follow this link to the ECSS conference information page.
From 1 to 5 September 2014 ESSL organized a workshop dedicated to the field of forensic meteorology: The first two days were dominated by expert presentations and very active discussions. On Wednesday and Thursday the whole team went to Slovenia and Italy to recent damage sites. Participants split up into four groups, three persons each group, and went into the field in order to assess damage to buildings and trees.
Katrin Pfeifer has studied past severe storms across Europe from a cultural historical viewpoint. The resulting book – in German language – with a focus on events in Austria and in the Netherlands has now become available. For more information, follow this link.
Since May 2014, ESSL is engaged in the new EU-project RAIN. The Lab leads Work Package 2 on “Hazard Identification”. ESSL’s Director Pieter Groenemeijer explains the hazard identification activities in this interview on the project website.
More information is available on the RAIN project website.
The ESSL General Assembly (GA) 2014 took place as a sidemeeting of the 14th European Meteorological Society (EMS) Annual Meeting and the 10th European Conference on Applied Climatology (ECAC) in Prague (Czech Republic) on 8th October 2014. The Annual Report 2013 can be found in the “Publications” section of this webpage. Hans-Joachim Koppert was re-elected as Advisory Councillor for the period 2015 – 2018.
The official first announcement for the 8th European Conference on Severe Storms (ECSS) was published. The ECSS2015 will take place in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, from 14 to 18 September 2015. As a sidemeeting of this conference, the next ESSL General Assembly (GA) will be hold on 13 September 2015, starting at 17:00. Updated information on the ECSS2015 can be found here.